Magma Can Lie Buried In The Earth’s Crust For Much Longer Than Previously Believed

August 20, 2013 9:43 AM

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A new modeling study from the University of Washington reveals that reservoirs of silica-rich magma of the sort that causes the most explosive volcanic eruptions can persist for hundreds of thousands of years in the Earth’s upper crust without triggering an eruption.

In other words, regions such as Yellowstone National Park known to have experienced a massive volcanic eruption in the past could have a large pool of magma festering beneath it – and still not be close to erupting as it did 600,000 years ago.

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